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Spiced Vanilla Orchard

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The Spiced Vanilla Orchard is the perfect cocktail to mix up for those of you just starting your mixology journey! Why? There is absolutely no fancy equipment needed, just your choice of cocktail glass. These sorts of cocktails are my favorite to share with you due to their simplicity. But remember, just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it can’t taste like a million bucks!

I like to think of the Spiced Vanilla Orchard as the holiday season in a glass, but of course if can be enjoyed year round.

The Spiced Vanilla Orchard is made up with 3 simple ingredients and a garnish that’s probably already in your fridge (and if not, don’t worry – it’s an easy find at your local market). As mentioned, this is a recipe that’s made directly in your glass, so let’s get straight into these pours.

The mixture itself has a vodka base, but with a sweet edge: vanilla vodka. I love using vanilla vodka in cocktail recipes that lean towards the sweeter side because it adds an extra layer of flavor. It’s not too overpowering – just enough to make you think of vanilla ice cream or freshly baked cookies.

Now, here’s the spice! Cinnamon schnapps brings a warm, spicy twist. It’s like that zingy sensation you get from cinnamon candy, but smoother. This adds a lovely depth to the cocktail, giving it that festive, almost Christmas-like vibe.

To finish off the mixture, fill the rest of your glass with apple cider, but be sure to leave some room at the top for garnish! The apple cider gives a fresh, slightly tart, and fruity layer to the drink. The cider balances the sweetness of the vanilla and the heat of the cinnamon beautifully.

Ending it off with some whipped cream and a cinnamon stick is like the icing on the cake!

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Step 1: Add cinnamon schnapps and vanilla vodka directly into a glass.

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Step 2:  Fill the glass with apple cider, leaving about half an inch of room from the rim.

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Step 3: Top off the glass with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick.

When these three amigos come together, it’s a real party. The vanilla vodka provides a creamy base, the cinnamon schnapps adds warmth and spice, and the apple cider brings in a fresh, fruity note. The result? A cocktail that’s sweet, spicy, and a little tangy all at once. And of course, we can’t forget about that amazing whipped cream for the garnish, honestly it’s my favorite part.

So, be sure to mix up your own Spice Vanilla Orchard this weekend and get to sipping!

Spiced Vanilla Orchard

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Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Add cinnamon schnapps and vanilla vodka directly into a glass.
  2. Step 2 –  Fill the glass with apple cider, leaving about half an inch of room from the rim.
  3. Step 3 – Top off the glass with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick.

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